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Asha Mafabi Foundation Donates 30 Sewing Machines to Sironko Teenage Mothers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Asha Mafabi Foundation Donates 30 Sewing Machines to Sironko Teenage Mothers

According to Paulo Wakoko, the acting health officer for Sironko district, the district recorded 3,255 cases of teenage pregnancies in 2020, 3,268 cases in 2021, 3,016 cases in 2022, and 3,943 cases in 2023.
27 May 2024 14:59
The Asha Mafabi Foundation, a charity organization operating in Sironko district, has donated over 30 sewing machines to teenage mothers. The donation event took place at the Mutufu prison playground, in Mutufu town council in Sironko district on Saturday.   

According to Paulo Wakoko, the acting health officer for Sironko district, the district recorded 3,255 cases of teenage pregnancies in 2020, 3,268 cases in 2021, 3,016 cases in 2022, and 3,943 cases in 2023. Wakoko noted that these cases increased due to the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, neglect of children, lack of parental supervision, and poverty in many homes.    

Asha Mafabi Lumolo, the executive director of the foundation and the Sironko district NRM flag bearer for the Woman Member of Parliament in the 2021 general election, stated that during the COVID-19 lockdown, many girls in the district became pregnant and did not return to school. 

She emphasized that the sewing machines would help these young mothers achieve self-employment by enabling them to sew clothes and sell them as a group to generate income.   

Mafabi added that she has established a training school in the area where these teenage mothers can learn how to sew. She urged all teenage mothers in the district to embrace the donation, form groups, receive training, and use the machines to support themselves financially.    

Nasuru Nabukalu, the Sironko deputy resident district commissioner, encouraged the young mothers to take advantage of this opportunity to acquire tailoring skills for self-employment. 

She mentioned that the government has already started emphasizing the skilling of youths by establishing vocational training hubs in different regions. 

Sandra Mukaye and Suzan Nandandu, both young mothers from Sironko, expressed their gratitude for the donation, saying it would significantly improve their household income.

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